With the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade, lets not forget there is much more to discover on Michigan Avenue this holiday season. There is a historic Chicago hotel that has some things up its sleeve. The Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) is set to host an array of holiday activities. From its very own tree lighting to the new 10-foot life-size gingerbread house Executive Chef Randy Reed worked hard constructing over the last month, things are getting festive. If that gingerbread house seems like something you just have to see, you don’t have to wait at all, it’s open to the public right now in the hotel’s lobby.
The annual tree lighting will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at noon. Guests of the event will be treated to Loyola University’s men’s a cappella group –the Acafellas- as the tree is lit. As a bonus the Chicago Canine Rescue will be on hand with furry friends that you can adopt and gift to a loved one this holiday season, or just keep for yourself. And for those who are mostly interested in a good view of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, hotel guests and locals can pull up a seat and sit front row at the hotel’s entrance. If you want to make a night of it, you should look into the hotel’s Lights Festival Package. It includes overnight accommodations for two and a special Michael Jordan Steakhouse amenity. Rates for the package start at $249 and you can book or get more info at www.icchicagohotel.com.